This Rock Wren was a vagrant, as the species is very rare to the coast of the Monterey Peninsula. It was hopping among the granite boulders between Bird Rock and Pt. Joe, and "disappeared" for periods in the intertidal cracks between the rocks.
ROCK WREN is mostly a resident species where habitat is appropriate (lrage rocks and boulders, usually surrounded by scrub of some kind) but some populations move to warmer climes in colder winters. Perhaps much of the population at the norther interior edge of its range migrates south, as vagrants do occur well out of range from time to time.
The only California records are listed below are (1) my personal "state bird" and (2) those with unusual dates or locales. All my other observations are well within normal status & distributional limits. Those preceded by H were vagrants found or co-found by me personally. Within these parameters, these are my personal Rock Wren records of interest:
6/30/71 Lava Beds N.M, SIS (my "state" bird; lifer was in Grand Canyon AZ)See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2002 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
1/13/84 Hopkins Marine Sta., Pacific Grove MTY (very rare to the MTY coast)
12/31/01 Pebble Beach MTY (very rare to the MTY coast)
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